Five false flags Putin could use to spark Ukraine war from staged chemical attacks to Hitler’s invasion playbook

RUSSIA is feared to be plotting to use a false flag event as cover to justify an invasion of Ukraine.

US intelligence warned that Vladimir Putin could shamelessly manufacture the events needed for him to get away with sending his troops towards Kiev.

The world is waiting with bated breath to see what Vlad does next as its feared Russian troops could already be in Ukraine.

And today Kiev confirmed it has foiled a Russian-backed plot to launch attacks on two cities to "destabilise" the region.

False flags have been used repeatedly throughout history to create the necessary cover to justify a war.

"Russia has already pre-positioned a group of operatives to conduct a false flag operation in eastern Ukraine," said Joe Biden's press secretary Jen Psaki.

Putin has been massing some 100,000 troops along the border over recent months – and it is feared Russia is preparing for invasion.

Russia denies any aggressive intent to Ukraine.

But here are some of the provocations Russia could use should it stage the "false flag" warned of by the US.

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'CHEMICAL WARFARE'

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Russia has been holding chemical warfare drills amid ongoing tensionsCredit: East2West

Russia is no stranger to using chemical weapons – including shameless attacks on foreign soil, such as the poisoning of of Sergei and Yulia Skripal in Salisbury.

Moscow has also been accused of using nerve agents and mustard gas alongside the Syrian regime during its intervention in the Middle East.

And meanwhile, in what could be seen as a double bluff – Russia has already raised the spectre of a potential chemical attack in Ukraine.

Defence minister Sergey Shoigu suggested that US military contractors may be present in the border regions armed with an "identified chemical agents".

The US State Department has decried this as "fiction" and pointed out that Russia has twice used such weapons in recent years.

Russia has carried out a "combat readiness check" which included chemical warfare drills to operating in a "contaminated" warzone.

'EMBASSY ATTACK'

Ukrainian intelligence has reportedly warned that Russia could stage a "provocation" by attacking an embassy or consulate.

Putin would then blame the "attack" on far-right Ukrainian nationalists and use the potential false flag as a propaganda tool.

Alex Kovzhun, a political strategist and former advisor, told The Guardian that Russia need to create a "compelling" narrative to get the Russian people on side.

"They are obsessed with their TV ratings. All of us Ukrainians are extras in their internal TV show," he said.

"They are the protagonists. From time to time they change the bad guys. Ukraine is not their favourite location."

And along with the embassy, another target could be a similar attack on Russian forces in the disputed Donbass.

'HITLER PLAN'

Putin could also take a page out of Adolf Hitler's playbook and suggest there is a threat to ethnic Russians in Ukraine.

Hitler used false flag tactics with the so-called Gleiwitz incident, during which his brutal SS staged an attack on a radio station in Germany.

The attackers posed as Polish nationals, and it brought support for the invasion that followed a month later and sparked World War 2.

It was used to dress up the invasion as an act of self defence against Polish "atrocities" against Germans.

"Its credibility doesn’t matter. The victor will not be asked whether he told the truth," Hitler said just before the invasion of Poland.

Vlad could use a similar play to portray a threat against ethnic Russians in Ukraine, the largest minority within the country at 17 per cent with 8million people.

Putin has already warned that Ukraine could be considering a "genocide" against pro-Russian supporters.

'HYPERSONIC THREAT'

Another potential false flag for Putin is the suggestion that the US could deploy hypersonic missiles to Ukraine.

Russia has already raised this possibility, despite it being widely understood such a move would make no sense for the United States.

Putin warned last year that the US "will supply Ukraine with hypersonic weapons" and suggest it could mean nukes could hit Moscow in "five minutes".

He insisted it was the most "serious threat" to his nation's security, and one that would mean they would "simply have nowhere to retreat further".

With the Russian leader already sowing these seeds, Putin could potentially wheel this out again to justify and attack on Ukraine.

'SPECIAL FORCES'

Putin could also use his shadowy special forces to stage an attack on pro-Russian separatists in the Donbas.

Ever since Crimea was illegally annexed by Russia in 2014, rebel groups have been fighting for control in Ukraine's easternmost region.

Many of the separatist groups support Russia and want to form a new state with close ties to Putin's regime.

However, Vlad could use them as justification of the war by attacking them using Spetsnaz commandos.

The massacre could provide pretext for Russia to steam into the Donbas – and potentially deeper into Ukraine – to protect their allies.

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